Washington Post: Koch-backed conservative group wins right to withhold donor list from California (In the News)

Matea Gold “I think this has fairly large implications for the ability of states to keep expanding disclosure laws,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has challenged the constitutionality of California’s rule. He’s hopeful that the 9th Circuit may now reconsider his organization’s case. “The big holding here is you’ve […]

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Daily Media Links 4/25: Trump campaign disavows pro-Trump super PAC, Schumer’s Self-Detonating Confirmation Demand, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Koch-backed conservative group wins right to withhold donor list from California Matea Gold “I think this has fairly large implications for the ability of states to keep expanding disclosure laws,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has challenged the constitutionality of California’s rule. He’s hopeful […]

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Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

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Daily Media Links 4/22: Court Strikes Down California Effort to Reveal Donors to Nonprofit, Anti-Trump groups find money can’t buy you hate — at least not ad money, and more…

Donor Privacy Washington Free Beacon: Court Strikes Down California Effort to Reveal Donors to Nonprofit Lachlan Markay District court judge Manuel Real ruled that attorney general Kamala Harris’ office did not demonstrate a sufficient need for that information when it sought to bar the conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation from raising money in the state […]

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Daily Media Links 4/21: Sanders spent $9 per vote in New York. Trump? About 13 cents.,

Effects of Campaign Spending CPI: Sanders spent $9 per vote in New York. Trump? About 13 cents. Michael Beckel Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders faltered in New York despite outspending front-runner Hillary Clinton on the television and radio airwaves. Sanders won about 750,000 votes in New York — or 42 percent — while spending more […]

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Analysis of Alabama S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending)

The Honorable Del Marsh The Honorable Arthur Orr Re:  Analysis of S.B. 356 (Constitutional Amendment to Regulate Political Contributions and Spending) Dear President Pro Tempore Marsh, Senator Orr, and members of the Senate: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP” or the “Center”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments analyzing S.B. 356, as […]

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Politico: Clinton joint fundraising effort falls into ‘gray area’ (In the News)

Nick Gass Nothing in Deutsch’s letter is on its face incorrect, Noble said. Whether it’s illegal? It’s a “gray area,” he added, warning that these sorts of arrangements would only grow unless they are stopped. Others were not sure. Bradley Smith, a law professor at Capital University who served on the FEC for five years […]

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Daily Media Links 4/20: Republican warns of creeping threat of media regulation at FEC, PAC donations from elderly donors draw scrutiny, and more…

In the News Politico: Clinton joint fundraising effort falls into ‘gray area’ Nick Gass Nothing in Deutsch’s letter is on its face incorrect, Noble said. Whether it’s illegal? It’s a “gray area,” he added, warning that these sorts of arrangements would only grow unless they are stopped. Others were not sure. Bradley Smith, a law […]

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Daily Media Links 11/19: No sane judge would pass Bernie Sanders’ Supreme Court litmus test, I Disagree With What You Say, So I Will File a Campaign Finance Complaint, and more…

CCP The FEC, LLCs, and Political Contribution Disclosure Brad Smith Lawyers are known for being too clever by half, and that no doubt is why some commissioners are so apoplectic at allowing these past actions by LLCs to slide past. To them, the law was pretty clear, even if tricky lawyers can conjure up an […]

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Mount Vernon News: Smith: Money does not buy elections (In the News)

Nick Sabo Many of those talking points — dark money, corporations as people — have also spawned their share of myths, said Bradley Smith, professor of law at Capital University and author of “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform.” Smith was the featured speaker at the Knox County Republican Women’s Club luncheon Thursday. […]

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.